Merger Planned for Bellin Health and Gundersen Health

The planned merger would offer access to more resources and a broader network of services

Bellin Health and Gundersen Health System are deep into discussions about a planned merger.

The entities have both served patients in their respective parts of Wisconsin, Upper Michigan, southeastern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa for well over 100 years. 

The two health systems said that coming together would ensure the continued strength and improvement of robust local health care, which includes offering access to more resources and a broader network of services: 11 hospitals and 100 clinic locations.

The planned merger would maintain the systems’ current headquarters in Green Bay and La Crosse and operate with a balanced leadership structure that places the two top positions – CEO and board chair – in different regions to ensure shared decision-making and equal representation.

Dr. Scott Rathgaber of Gundersen would serve as system CEO, and Chris Woleske of Bellin would serve as system executive vice president and regional president of the northern counties.

A final agreement is expected to be completed in the coming weeks, followed by a required regulatory review.